Wrong man in wrong box, says Agliotti’s defence

2010-11-18 11:02

Drug trafficker Glenn Agliotti’s defence today maintained that the “wrong man was in the wrong box” for the murder of mining magnate Brett Kebble.

This was in response to the State’s argument that their star witness, security boss Clinton Nassif, did not “crack” in the witness box under cross examination.

“He wasn’t cracked, they’re right, he was obliterated,” said defence counsel Advocate Laurance Hodes SC.

He questioned how the State could lead a witness who offered plea agreements to others without first consulting the prosecution.

He added that Nassif’s willingness to enter into a plea agreement was a sign of his guilt.

“Is not the wrong man in the wrong box,” he asked again, repeating a comment he made earlier in the trial.

The state also argued that determining whether Agliotti had received a fair trial should be done once proceedings had concluded.

“Nothing can be further from the truth,” Hodes responded.

“This sounds like some kind of quote from Alice in Wonderland,” he said in response to the state’s heads of argument.

Hodes was arguing for a discharge in terms of section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Act. The state had opposed the application.

Agliotti is facing four charges, two of conspiracy to murder, one attempted murder count and another of murder.

The murder charge is related to the 2005 shooting of Kebble in Melrose, north of Johannesburg.

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